Interview with D.R. Ryan

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm currently just in the process of getting started with marketing, so I can't say I've yet acquired a "tried and true" technique, but I'm hoping as time goes on I'll get better acquainted with what works well and what doesn't.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a very small coastal town in on the East Coast of Canada. I can't fully describe the ways in which it's influenced the writing I've done so far, but it's definitely an upbringing that probably lends itself to some unique experiences that I will likely incorporate into a character at some point.

One interesting thing I experienced when I wrote 'Black and Blue' is trying to determine what words are used universally and what are unique to Newfoundland and Labrador dialect. Being a very isolated area, we have a lot of phrases and colloquialisms that are staples of the way that we talk and there were times I had to do a few online searches to figure out if some of these terms were used everywhere. An example I can think of is the use of the word "porch" (the area where people hang their jackets and take off their boots when entering a house) which I later realized had to be changed to "foyer" so that everyone would understand what I meant. It was definitely interesting to double-check to make sure I was using the right words!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! I remember writing a story at a really young age that was centred around three people that find a treasure map and go on a hunt for buried treasure. I recently found the story at my childhood home and re-read it. The printing and spelling are a bit hard to decipher at times, but overall it was a pretty interesting story!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I've always enjoyed writing as a past-time. It's just such a great stress reliever as it allows me to get absorbed into a story as I write and it's a great creative outlet. Between school and work, I've had to do a lot of technical writing, so creative writing was always a great outlet to allow me to express my love of writing in a different way. I also really like the feeling of accomplishment I get when I complete a piece of writing.
What are you working on next?
I have a couple of different ideas ironed out in my head for my next few books. I haven't quite put "pen to paper" yet, but I'm planning on starting very soon. I wanted to take my next few books in a slightly different direction from the last one, so I think the next one will be slightly less focused on a love story, and instead will dabble a bit into the sci-fi territory. I also have a few ideas for some crime thrillers, since that's my own personal genre of choice!

I'm hoping to have the next book written and published within a year, so stay tuned!
What inspires you to get out of bed every day?
I'm about as big of a night owl as you can possibly get, so getting out of bed early in the morning is definitely not an easy task for me! But in terms of my motivation for getting up, I like to view each day as a potential adventure, and thrive on the idea of knowing that there may be unexpected things coming my way. I also like to take the time to savour the small things in day-to-day life and really try to focus on positive experiences. Writing, exercise, nature, my husband, and my pet rabbit, Cadburry, are definitely good inspirations as well.
What types of books do you enjoy reading?
I try to read a wide range of genres, but my favourite definitely falls into the psychological thriller/mystery/crime category. I'm a huge lover of anything detective/crime-related and like anything with a good twist that I don't see coming. My educational background is in psychology, so I guess my interest in that area is what draws me into a good psychological book with a really compelling plot. I also enjoy a good read in the sci-fi genre as well.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My main motivation was simply my enjoyment of writing. As a kid, I would constantly write stories and always dreamed of being a writer some day. As an adult, I sort of forgot about how much love I had for writing until I casusally started doing it here and there again. I remembered how I had always said I would love to write a full-length novel some day, so I decided just to go ahead and jump in with both feet and do it. I had read up a lot about the world of indie writers and had always read a lot of books published by indie authors myself, so I decided to follow in their footsteps and self-publish. I would love to ultimately write full-time some day, and I figured this was the first step towards possibly achieving that.
When you're not writing, how do you like to spend your time?
I currently work full-time as a community health researcher, so a great deal of my time is spent at work. However, when I'm not working or writing, I'm usually exercising, going for walks, spending time outdoors (mostly in the summer months, it's a bit on the chilly side here in Newfoundland!), reading, making crafty things and spending time with my husband and pet bunny, Cadburry. In the future, I would love to have more time to dedicate to writing.
What is your general process for writing?
I don't really have much of a formal process and can pretty much pick up where I left off with writing whenever I have a bit of free time. When I sit down to start writing I do have a bit of an unusual (I'm assuming) process whereby I pick songs that remind me of what I'm writing (songs that go along with the plot or reflect the general tone of the story), thereby sort of creating a "soundtrack." Then whenever I sit down to start writing, I listen to a few songs from the soundtrack to get my mind focused and in the right mood for the story. However, while I'm writing, I generally prefer silence of ambient background nature sounds (thunder or rain storm sounds).
Published 2017-03-06.
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Books by This Author

Black and Blue
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 125,280. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Audrey is finally experiencing true happiness as she dreams of a future with Logan. However, these dreams are violently ripped out from underneath her as she realizes that others will stop at nothing to keep her within their malevolent clutches. Both Audrey and Logan must now struggle to prevail against these forces as they become pawns in a malicious game- a game that they can never hope to win.